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"NWS-2019-0107" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
NWS-2019-0107
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Hydrologist, GS-1315-14 (MAP)
Open Period:
05/08/2019 - 06/04/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1315 14
Salary:
USD $104,821 - USD $136,271
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time / Career or Career-Conditional
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Tuscaloosa, AL, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Raquel Nicora
703-259-9336
raquel.nicora@noaa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Military spouses
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
VEOA, 30% Disabled, Current or former employees at a land management agency who were initially hired under competitive procedures in a time-limited appointment.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), National Water Center and is for one vacancy located in Tuscaloosa, AL.


This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-2019-0108, which is open to all US Citizens or Nationals. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Up to 10% of domestic travel may be required.

Duties

Tuscaloosa is a great place to live, work and play!



  • Best Cities for Work-Life Balance (5th by personal finance site NerdWallet)

  • Most Affordable Mid-Size Cities in the U.S. (9th according to The Simple Dollar, a website that focuses on personal finance).  

  • Tuscaloosa is a regional hub of industry, services, and higher education.

  • It made Best College Towns in America (49th by the website Best College Reviews).

  • There’s an abundance of restaurants, museums, art galleries, music venues, farmers’ markets and lots of historical sites in town or nearby.

  • The Riverfront offers recreation trails, restaurants and the addition of the Tuscaloosa River Market, which functions as both an event space and seasonal local farmers’ market.

  • A 7,470-seat amphitheater on the river. This state-of-the-art facility hosts many major events and performances from top artists, as well as community-wide events.  

  • In addition to the University of Alabama, the area has some of the top public schools (K-12) in Alabama.

  • There are 25 public parks, six boat landings, six community centers, and an award-winning public golf course.

  • A Sportsman’s paradise. Outdoor recreation and water sports are a source of year round family activities. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol, Oliver Lake, Harris Lake, Holt Lake, Hurricane Creek, Lake Lurleen and the Black Warrior River offer boating, fishing, swimming and sailing opportunities.


Destinations within a few hours drive:



  • Birmingham, AL

  • Atlanta, GA

  • Memphis, TN

  • The Gulf Coast


As a Hydrologist, you will perform the following duties:



  • Lead efforts to identify hydrology related program objectives, coordinate efforts to develop and implement those objectives, and transfer those technologies from a research to an operational environment.

  • Provide direction for the integrated implementation and operational support for the highest levels of technology employed in the agency to support the movement toward more advanced hydrologic modeling systems and data analysis.

  • Participate in procedure development, implementation, and maintenance activities for software including river forecast systems, extended streamflow prediction systems, and hydrometeorological automated data systems.

  • Lead the collaboration and coordination of hydro-meteorological preparedness activities between Weather Forecast Office’s (WFOs); state, regional, and federal water management; and emergency management customers and partners.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

This position requires a Public Trust Security Clearance.


* A one year probationary period may be required.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

* May involve rotating shifts. 


College Transcript:  If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.   You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Education Requirements:
    Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.
    Evaluations:
    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions).  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of theoretical and applied hydrologic and hydraulic science used in operational river forecasting.
    • Ability to use technical components comprising operational forecast systems to develop and enhance techniques to improve the quality of the hydrologic services.
    • Knowledge of computer hardware and software capabilities as applied to studies of hydrological events and problems.
    • Ability to communicate technical hydrologic and hydro-meteorological information both internally and externally.
    Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
    Qualifications:

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience in order to be found minimally qualified.  You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

    A. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.

    OR

    B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    To qualify at the GS-14 level:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:



    • Developing, implementing, and maintaining procedure activities for hydrologic software including river forecast systems, extended streamflow prediction systems, or hydrometeorological automated data systems;

    • Participating in the integrated implementation and operational support for hydrologic and hydraulic science technologies; and

    • Coordinating hydro-meteorological emergency or disaster preparedness activities with partners.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees.
    Other Information:
    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
    1. A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
    2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:                   
    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at (866) 656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

    For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please email the Point of Contact listed in this vacancy announcement.
    Required Documents:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
    • SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
    • Veteran’s documentation: If you are requesting consideration under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service) and/or any other required supporting documents (VA Letter).  http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
    • Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see additional information).
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
    • Education.  If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
    OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:
    • Performance Appraisal - most recent performance appraisal (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan that does not include this information.
    • Awards - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.
    Next Steps:

    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Hydrologist, GS-1315-14 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).


    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:



    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete

    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;

    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

    4. Selected or Not Selected.


    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.)